Lee BIA Builders Care and the Lee Building Industry Association’s new Young Professionals Group, The Foundation, joined together to kick off the Foundation’s first community project to help a disabled homeowner in need.
Suzanne Reece, 54, is a disabled single mother who lives alone. She suffers from Ehlers-Danlos and Mastocytosis, an incurable celiac disease that effects the skin’s connective tissue, joints and blood vessel walls. She is extremely hypersensitive to a variety of everyday living factors, preventing her from employment and carrying out normal daily activities. Unfortunately, this condition will continue to weaken her body and she will be wheelchair bound.
Her quaint 850 square foot home off of Clifford Street in Fort Myers is positioned in a prime and central area of Fort Myers. Her condition is also accompanied by hypersensitivity to outdoor allergies, pollen and the plants.
Builders Care and the Lee BIA’s Group of Young Professionals joined together on a Saturday morning to help beautify the outside of her home.
Tasks of the landscape project included pulling weeds, cutting/trimming trees, re-planting/planting new plants and mulching. When Suzanne opened her front door and saw all of the volunteers working in her driveway and yard, she was speechless. Words cannot express how grateful she was. She said she forgot how beautiful the outside of her home could be.
The landscape project is only the icing on the cake for this homeowner. Builders Care will soon be providing Suzanne Reece with a handicap accessible bathroom. Stay tuned for updates on this very special project!
A special thank you to MW Horticulture & Recycling for their generous donation of mulch and the Lee BIA Young Professionals Group, The Foundation, for volunteering your Saturday to help a neighbor in need!
About Builders Care
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners and their families who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put approximately $4.5 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. Suite 4 in Fort Myers. The Lee Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 64-year-old association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.